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October 20, 2013

University of Oklahoma student helps Second Chance temporarily house dogs until they find forever homes

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“Whenever she gets into the crate, basically she gets lethargic and lays there. So at the adoption events, that’s all people see,” McLellan said. “Because I’m fostering her … I can say, ‘She really doesn’t like this; she likes playing and cuddling.’”

McLellan and her roommate, Lauren Schechter, are happy to provide a home, but there’s one thing they can’t give Arwyn: a backyard.

“It’s really stressful being in an apartment and not having a backyard for her to play in,” Schechter said. “I hope she gets adopted by a family soon.”

Schechter said she enjoys tagging along on McLellan’s fostering adventures. This is the second dog she and McLellan have fostered while living together.

A foster home doesn’t just benefit the future owners of the pet. It’s also an ideal situation for the dog, Kapaun said.

“Some animals do not do well with the stress of shelter life, so fostering gives them a safe, quiet environment where they will not be as stressed,” Kapaun said in an email.

Animals who are more vulnerable to illness, such as mothers and babies, also do better in a home environment, Kapaun said.

“They have a lower risk of catching diseases from other animals brought in from city shelters, and also it’s less stressful for the momma,” Kapaun said.

This attention to individual animals’ needs is one reason McLellan keeps going back to Second Chance.

For more information, visit secondchancenorman.com, call 321-1915 or visit 4500 24th Ave. NW.

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